Chocolate Molten Babycakes! / by Brad Schmidt

Chocolate is not good for me, a dog, but it's a favorite of my family!  Last night we celebrated our neighbor Stan's retirement with a fun dinner and mom served these decadent baby cakes to everyone's delight.  Thought I would share the recipe with you, my pals - - enjoy!  - Millie 

From Nigella Lawson's cookbook: How to be a Domestic Goddess:

Ingredients: 

4 TBSP unsalted butter, softened + more for greasing the dishes  

12 oz. best bittersweet chocolate, chopped  

4 large eggs

1/2 c sugar

salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 c flour

Preparation:

1.  Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat oven to 400 degrees, putting in a baking sheet at the same time.  Butter the insides of six 6-oz baking dishes.  Line base with a parchment circle traced from the base atop the butter. 

2.  Melt the chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan; set aside to cool.  In a medium bowl, beat eggs with a pinch of salt until frothy; set aside  Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together.  Gradually beat in the eggs then the vanilla.  Add flour and mix well.  Add chocolate and blend until smooth.  

3.  Divide the batter between the 6 dishes.  Quickly arrange dishes on top of HOT baking sheet and return to oven.  Cook for 10-12 minutes ( the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the batter was refrigerator cold). Bake until firm and dry on surface. 

4.  Immediately tip cakes onto shallow bowl or small plates.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Yummy!!!